GUJARAT: Gujarat government may have gone on the back foot by excluding 36 of the 44 villages from its proposed Special Investment Region (SIR) in Mandal -Becharaji area but its Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) is going ahead with its plans of setting up three industrial estates in the area.
Sources said that the GIDC plans to acquire around 1,000 hectares of land in villages including Vithalpur and Bhagapura in Mandal and Detroj talukas. Sources said that the process of land acquisition has already started and is progressing gradually. The land has been acquired by the corporation by paying a rate of Rs 50 lakh per hectare.
“We are expecting the auto engineering and ancillary units, particularly from Japan to set up their units in the proposed estates. The area is away from the coast and hence unsuitable for setting up of a chemical industry. It is ideal for the auto ancillary units,” said an official.
With the presence of Tata’s Nano manufacturing facility and the proposed Maruti Suzuki plant coming up in close vicinity, these ancillary units would benefit. Sources said that apart from the auto engineering and ancillary units, Gujarat is also looking towards other industrial units like those manufacturing semiconductors to set up their facilities in these estates.
Sources said that once the land is acquired, the GIDC would then come out with a blue print on how to develop these estates. Its Industrial Extension Bureau would promote the facility to those interested in setting up the units.
Sources said that setting up these industrial estates is purely a GIDC initiative that had got incorporated in the SIR plan.